Phthalates are a group of chemicals used both to soften plastics and to hold scents and solvents in a variety of products. Many have been shown to disrupt our hormones. They alter testosterone production in men, cause early onset menopause in women, and have a variety of other negative effects on fertility. They are linked to insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity. Phthalates are believed to contribute to the obesity epidemic by changing, perhaps permanently, how the body processes calories into fat. These chemicals cross the placenta and cause a variety of deformities in male animals, such as cryptorchidism and hypospadias.
We are all exposed to phthalates on a daily basis. We inhale them as our shower curtains, poorly chosen air fresheners, and various vinyl products off-gas. We Continue reading
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We do not use any concentrated sweeteners on the TQIDiet. And this includes giving up stevia. Students are a bit dismayed by this at first because stevia is a sweet-tasting herb that comes without calories and does not raise blood sugar levels. And what possibly could be the problem with that? In fact, zero calorie compounds tend to trigger weight gain by creating blood sugar lows and/or by throwing metabolism off. Animal studies suggest that zero calorie foods make no sense to a living system and as a result end up causing metabolic problems. The concentrated sweet taste of stevia makes naturally Continue reading
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Most of us believe that if we get enough calcium and vitamin D we will maintain healthy bones as we age. In this country, a woman over 50 or a man over 70 is told to get at least 1200 mg of calcium a day from diet and/or supplements to prevent bone thinning. Women on certain types of breast cancer treatments take 1000 mg of calcium and 400 units of vitamin D to prevent drug-induced osteoporosis. Younger people are also told to get at least 1000 mg of calcium daily. Continue reading
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Tyson just announced that it no longer would carry beef from cattle fed the drug Zilmax, a drug that contains ractopamine. This voluntary change by a company that thrives on selling factory-farmed animal products followed on the heels of reports of cattle given Zilmax walking on the tiptoes or sitting like dogs or displaying other behavior that could only be due to illness and discomfort. Pigs have long been fed this drug and the results include hyperactivity, trembling, broken limbs, inability to walk, and death. These drugs are also used in chickens and turkeys.
That is to say, the drug is widely fed to animals in this country since its approval in 1999. In contrast, it is banned in many others including the European Economic Union, Russia, and China. Yes, even China with its questionable safety record has rejected meat from this country because it was tainted with ractopamine. But rather than follow the lead of these Continue reading
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Historically, rapeseed oil was used as a heating, lighting, and lubrication oil. In fact, Canadian rapeseed production grew out of the critical shortage of rapeseed oil that followed the World War II blockade of European and Asian sources in the early 1940′s. The oil was urgently needed as a lubricant for the rapidly increasing number of marine engines in naval and merchant ships. Rapeseed oil was not a food.
Rapeseed oil was not widely consumed because 30 to 60% of its fats are in the form of erucic acid. Erucic acid is a toxin that causes myocardial lipidosis (fatty degeneration of the heart) and damages the heart muscle in animals. As a result, the government monitors and limits the erucic acid content in our food. In the 1970s, using a variety of hybridizing techniques, researchers created a variety of rapeseed with a low erucic acid content. This variety, canola oil, was brought to market as a very Continue reading
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What are high oleic oils?
The food industry profits by selling foods made from inexpensive ingredients with long shelf lives. Not all that long ago, transfats were added to our foods because they fully met these requirements. Then, in the 1950s, studies began to show that transfats were not healthy but, lacking definitive proof of problems, transfats remained in our foods. By 1996, scientists estimated that transfats had caused some 20,000 deaths. Faced with a threat of an outright ban on transfats and the fact that customers no longer wanted transfats in their foods, the food industry realized it was going to have to reformulate its fats. They began looking for a replacement for transfats. Continue reading
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Grains and B Vitamins
Sometimes those on the Elimination Phase of the TQI diet worry that they may become deficient in vitamin B because they are not eating many grains. Those worries are actually misplaced because it is near impossible to become B deficient while eating a healthy diet.
First, the TQI diet does not elimnate grains as a choice for those who wish to eat grains. It definitely strictly limits the amount of refined grain in the diet but this is good from the stand point of vitamin B: Refining removes vitamin B from grains and that is why people living on a diet of white rice often developed beri-beri, a disease caused by a lack of B1. Continue reading